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Old 02-05-2007, 11:26 AM   #1
 
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Cleaning Sand

I have just decided to convert from gravel to sand. What is the easiest way to clean the sand before putting it in the tank.
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:46 AM   #2
 
you will have to put the sand in a bowl and rinse it that way. just fill the bowl with some water with the sand in it, mix it around with your hands then dump the water out.
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Old 02-05-2007, 11:57 AM   #3
 
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u may know but u have to be sure to turn the sand when it's in your tank to keep harmful pockets from builing up in it and harming your fish
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Old 02-05-2007, 03:13 PM   #4
 
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Thanks guys.
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Old 02-05-2007, 03:42 PM   #5
 
when you get the sand you should grab two handfuls, one with each hand, and rub them together and let them sift through your fingers, and fall to a bucket of water, repeat until finished. this way will help preventing the sand from compacting whilst in the water
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Old 02-05-2007, 05:15 PM   #6
 
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Well I followed the advise everyone gave me. Thanks. I now have sand in my aquarium. I added the sand while doing a normal water change. I figured it would be easier to clean between taking the gravel out and putting the sand in. It clouded the water a little bit. Is this normal? I figure that it will clear up in a couple of hours but just wanted to make sure.
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Old 02-05-2007, 05:17 PM   #7
 
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It's normal. It will settle in a matter of hours although minutes is possible since you said it is clouding slightly.:)
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Old 02-05-2007, 06:15 PM   #8
 
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I want to thanks everyone for their support and help.
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Old 02-05-2007, 06:44 PM   #9
 
A bit off topic, but related...

Is there any special procedure to cleaning the sand as compared to gravel? Do you lose a whole lot of sand using a gravel Vac?
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Old 02-05-2007, 08:27 PM   #10
 
use a gravel vac but dont stick it in the sand and dont leave it near the sand. Get close to the sand and stir the gravel vac in figure 8 motions over the sand, the detriutus is on the top of the sand bed
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